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[pree-fek-cher] /ˈpri fɛk tʃər/
the office, jurisdiction, territory, or official residence of a prefect.
Origin of prefecture
From the Latin word praefectūra, dating back to 1570-80. See prefect, -ure
Related forms
[pri-fek-cher-uh l] /prɪˈfɛk tʃər əl/ (Show IPA),
subprefecture, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for prefectural
Historical Examples
  • With him I visited the prefectural workshops and many well-managed prefecturas.

    The Arena Various
  • I had called on him a few days before in his prefectural capital.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • I do not reckon the millions of prefectural, county and village debt.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • There is no superior limit of number in the case of a prefectural assembly, but the inferior limit is 30.

  • They plundered a sum of 200,000 yen from the Ono Company, and made a successful raid upon the prefectural offices of Kumamoto.

    Japan Various
  • In 555 temples were placed in all prefectural cities; and later on, in all the important cities and towns of the empire.

    Religions of Ancient China Herbert A. Giles
  • I heard of their doings one day as I was returning from the prefectural city.

  • When I was a little boy I went one day to the prefectural city.

  • Teachers thus trained in prefectural Normal Schools become teachers of all elementary schools.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • The details of the prefectural examinations are similar to those already described, and the time required is about the same.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for prefectural


the office, position, or area of authority of a prefect
the official residence of a prefect in France, Italy, etc
Derived Forms
prefectural, adjective
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Word Origin and History for prefectural

1807, from prefecture + -al (1).



"administrative district of a prefect," mid-15c., from Middle French préfecture and directly from Latin praefectura, or assembled locally from prefect + -ure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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